Truman Knowles Earns All-America Honors with Program Record in the Javelin
GENEVA, Ohio - Truman Knowles set a new CMS program record in the javelin with a throw of 211 feet, five inches (64.46 meters) on his final attempt to earn All-America honors with a sixth-place finish on Thursday afternoon at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute.
Knowles came into the NCAA Championships after setting a personal best with a throw of 199 feet to win the SCIAC title a month ago. He broke that with a throw of 202 feet, eight inches on his first attempt of the day and that was enough to earn him the ninth and final spot in the finals by a margin of just two inches.
Only the top eight get All-America honors, though, and Knowles went back for his final attempt one position off of the podium and with one final chance. He used the full length of the runway, and uncorked a throw almost nine feet further than his old PR from lasted less than an hour. The throw moved him up to sixth place and into the top spot in the CMS record books, surpassing the old record of 208-4 set 20 years ago by Ryan Gibson.
Daniel Sealand qualified for the finals in the 1500 meters with the eighth-best time in prelims in 3:51.21. He ended his run with an impressive finishing kick to move up to fourth place in his heat by just four-hundredths of a second, earning an automatic qualification to the finals (which are given to the top four in each heat).
The second day of the NCAA Track and Field Championships tomorrow will feature Kai Dettman running in the prelims of the 800 meters, trying to join Sealand in Saturday's finals. Stevie Steinberg and Henry Pick will also be in action on Saturday in the finals of the 5000 meters.